the official common name is, lesser goldfinch
(Spinus psaltria is the latin), but i don't think there's anything lesser about them. they're beautiful, sprightly little birds and i love the cheerful chatter they make when they come into the gardens to eat the ripening sunflower seeds.
this lovely lady got a little too near the netting at the top of the trellises in the kitchen garden while foraging sunflower seeds this morning. she wasn't injured, just a little spooked.